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WP: Jokar Was Not Armed In ‘Shoot Out’ At Boat

From the Washington Post:

Officials: Boston suspect had no firearm when barrage of bullets hit hiding place

By Sari Horwitz and Peter Finn | April 24, 2013

Although police feared he was heavily armed, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing had no firearms when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat where he was hiding, according to multiple federal law enforcement officials.

Authorities said they were desperate to capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev so he could be questioned.

Which is why they pumped at least thirty rounds into the boat without having been fired upon.

Also, this would seem to put an end to the story that Jokar tried to kill himself by shooting himself in the mouth or neck.

The FBI, however, declined to discuss what prompted the gunfire. Other law enforcement officials said the shooting may have been prompted by the chaos of the moment and some action that led the officers to believe Tsarnaev had fired a weapon or was about to detonate explosives.

So much for all the talk about the splendid police work.

These new details emerged as investigators continued their examination of the movements and motives of Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother, Tamerlan, in last week’s coordinated bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 250. Law enforcement officials said they do not believe the brothers were connected with a terrorist organization, but they cautioned that the inquiry is at an early stage…

Notice that the federal officials believe Jokar when he says that he and his brother were not connect with any terrorist organization. But they refuse to believe him when he says he was acting out of his faith in Islam.

Why is that?

Law enforcement officials described the 30 minutes before the arrest of Tsarnaev as chaotic. One characterized it as “the fog of war” and said that in a highly charged atmosphere, one accidental shot could have caused what police call “contagious fire.”

“They probably didn’t know whether he had a gun,” said one law enforcement official, who like others interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. “Hours earlier, he and his brother had killed a police officer, shot another officer and thrown explosives out of their cars as the police were chasing them. They couldn’t assume that he did not have a gun and more explosives.”

The FBI declined to discuss the exact sequence of events that led officers to open fire on Tsarnaev’s hiding place and whether the dozens of bullets that struck the boat caused any of his gunshot wounds.

A spokesman for the FBI said law enforcement agents were tracking an extremely dangerous suspect who had used guns and explosives on a public street to avoid arrest. “Law enforcement was placed in an extraordinarily dangerous situation,” said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson. “They were dealing with an individual who is alleged to have been involved in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. As if that’s not enough, there were indications of a carjacking, gunfire, an ambushed police officer and bombs thrown earlier. In spite of these extraordinary factors, they were able to capture this individual alive with no further harm to law enforcement. It was a tremendously effective outcome under dire circumstances.” …

Despite themselves.

In the immediate aftermath of Tsarnaev’s capture, police officials said he had fired from the boat and he was reported to have been captured with several weapons.

There were also reports that the gunshot wound he suffered to the throat might have been an attempt to kill himself as police moved in…

But other than that, the news media reports were amazingly accurate. In fact, did our news media ever get a single fact right in the whole episode? Even one?

No, they were too busy trying to angle the story to fit their political agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “WP: Jokar Was Not Armed In ‘Shoot Out’ At Boat”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Military axiom: “If in doubt, empty the magazine, reload.”

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Why’d you shoot him 68 times?

    That was all the bullets we had

  3. preparing4theworst says:

    “…the FBI declined to discuss what prompted the gunfire…”, let’s start with 1) there was a known chechen/muslim/gunshooting/bomb throwing terrorist hiding in the boat and go from there..

  4. katie says:

    My husband would be pretty pissed if that was his boat.

  5. captainfish says:

    “officials said the shooting may have been prompted by the chaos of the moment and some action that led the officers to believe Tsarnaev had fired a weapon or was about to detonate explosives.”
    Yes, because shooting at suspected explosives is always the best police strategy. Especially with that suspected bomb lying next to people’s homes.

    But, being in the middle of a neighborhood, having time to get people out, having time to stage officers around, having time to get several police helicopters overhead to scan the boat, having time to shoot tear gas, creates a chaotic fog-of-war for over 30 minutes that not even trained SWAT and Federal AGENTS can not be expected to hold their fire.

    Especially under the threat of a dangerous red boat. It was red after all.

    (this whole episode is a grand example of how tyrannical gov’ts over step their authorities every step of the way.)

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